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geneonlbk
geneonlbk
12/22/2013 | 7:35:29 AM
802.11 AC
802.11 AC and wireless connection into the home could change how cable operators and carriers approach convergence. DOCIS may have reached the end of the road for the cable companies and AC into the home may provide an attractive path forward.
solucomp
solucomp
12/18/2013 | 11:33:52 AM
Re: My take on this
Dan,

I would love to see a detailed article around LTE use in private sector (unlicensed)

What is the latest in that space?

Also we are working with one vendor in Europe that has developed a PC based (100% software) eNodeB!!. Could be a great play in private sector.

 

 
DanJones
DanJones
12/17/2013 | 6:47:49 PM
Re: My take on this
50,000 sounds like a reasonable ball-park figure for 2014 for sure.
solucomp
solucomp
12/17/2013 | 6:35:57 PM
Re: My take on this
We have done cost analysis of getting fiber to the small cells with the help of some major fiber providers (can't mention names here).

The ROI doesn't work for them unless Tier 1 operators are willing to invest big dollars. For Tier 1 operators, a small cell will not generate the revenue in comparison to regular cell tower, therefore the entire fiber to small cell business case falls apart which is what Tier 1 operators are seeking. Alternative solutions such as Microwave, Lit fiber, managed services are still up in the air for discussion.

It will be interesting to watch the hand picked trial sites selcted by operators for 2014 and and see how the deployment goes. Lets not forget, besides smallc ell, we are talking huge increase in regular cell tower counts, core network upgrades, AWS, DAS and list goes on.

I think roughly 50,000 small cell will get deployed in 2014 combined tops. We are handling some deployments as well so we have some visibility into it.
DanJones
DanJones
12/17/2013 | 6:13:00 PM
Re: My take on this
Hi


The prediction is actually from our analyst arm, Heavy Reading, not a Light Reading editor. The prediction is that 700,000 public access small cells requiring dedicated new backhaul in live service by the end of 2017, not 700,000 in 2014.

Others have predicted far more deployed over that time period.


If you're suggesting that 20% or less of the 700,000 will be deployed in 2014, yeah, that seems possible/likely from what we've heard recently. 2014 seems like it'll be a tire-kicking year again.
solucomp
solucomp
12/17/2013 | 5:55:11 PM
Re: My take on this
Landlords across US finally won the lotto 6/49. Site acquisition and permits is a booming business thanks to the hype around small cells.

One editior of Light reading claims 700,000 deployments. I would say less than 20% will get deployed next year.

Not to forget never ending drive testing to collect performance data :)

 
DanJones
DanJones
12/9/2013 | 12:36:12 PM
Re: My take on this
I could see that for the future but as I understand it, virtualizing the RAN is coming but maybe not in 2014?
Vitesse Semiconductor
Vitesse Semiconductor
12/9/2013 | 12:30:28 PM
Re: My take on this
Dan, you make a good point about this benefiting smaller carriers, as cost will also play a major role in their small cell plans. Whether it's MSOs or the largest MNOs installing the necessary infrastructure, RAN sharing will play a major role in small cell networks. This formula is an especially hot topic in Europe, where 31 different service providers cover a fraction of the area covered by the four major carriers in the U.S. With RAN sharing, all operators can benefit from CapEx or OpEx trade off considerations depending on capacity needs. Expect to see more Software Defined Networking in 2014 as well, since SDN will be able to partition and virtualize multiple aspects of the shared RANs.
DanJones
DanJones
12/6/2013 | 11:32:24 AM
Re: My take on this
I'll try, no promises, but I have a couple of names.
milan03
milan03
12/5/2013 | 11:14:31 PM
Re: My take on this
If you could actually get NYC government members to chime in on small cell permits, etc would be absolutely incredible!
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